Improvements to campus a must to stay competitive

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I want to share why the passage of General Obligation Bond “D” in the Nov. 2 general election should make sense to the citizens of Los Alamos. General obligation bonds are funded by property taxes collected by the state.
For example, residents will pay $9.98 per year on property with an assessed value of $100,000 – less than $1 per month.
If Bond D passes, it will make $155.2 million available for colleges and universities in the state, including $750,000 for the renovation of the science laboratories at UNM-LA.
With the passage of Bond D, UNM-LA plans to renovate and upgrade the science laboratories, including improvements in work station configuration, updating testing equipment, the installation of new safety eye wash stations, improvements to the chemical storage area, the installation of new hoods and venting and the incorporation of SMART classroom technology.  
Updated biology, chemistry, physics and environmental and earth and planetary sciences labs are essential to the programs and courses that are the focus of our mission as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) oriented campus.
Bond projects have a positive impact on local economies as the money spent creates jobs and recycles several times. For example, construction projects create jobs and these workers eat, shop and live in the community, and construction companies buy materials from local vendors.  
 The influx of business puts gross receipt dollars into local coffers.
Campus improvements and expansions will help UNM-LA remain competitive. This contributes to enrollment growth and better educational opportunities for the people of our region.
Keeping higher education strong in Los Alamos encourages local residents to pursue higher education and career advancement while remaining in the local community, where they contribute their tax dollars to support local services and improvements.
Please help to send a message that Los Alamos residents support higher education.
The influx of business puts gross receipt dollars into their community. On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of UNM-LA, thanks for helping to support the future of higher education, locally and throughout New Mexico.

Dr. Cedric Page, executive director
University of New Mexico-Los Alamos